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      Season 4 – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

      1993 Comedy List
      Reviews 92% 50+ Ratings Audience Score Will Smith more or less plays himself in this good-natured NBC sitcom. As the show's popular theme song explains, fictional Will's mom sends him away from his rough Philadelphia neighborhood to live with wealthy Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian in Bel-Air. Will often has fun at the expense of stuck-up cousins Carlton and Hilary. Read More Read Less Watch on Vudu Premiered Mar 23 Buy Now

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Sep 20, 1993 Where There's a Will, There's a Way Will and Carlton (Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro) learn life isn't always a party when they rent an off-campus apartment. Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 20, 1993 Where There's a Will, There's a Way Will and Carlton's (Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro) landlord (guest star Howard Mann) evicts them after their apartment is destroyed. Details Episode 3 Aired Sep 27, 1993 All Guts, No Glory Will (Will Smith) learns a lesson about creative thinking when he decides to drop a philosophy course. With James Avery. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 4, 1993 Father of the Year Will (Will Smith) baby-sits his cousin when he thinks coeds love single men with babies. With Daphne Maxwell Reid. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 11, 1993 It's Better to Have Loved and Lost It ... Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) starts a relationship with a woman (Natalie Venetia Belcon) he thinks is his dream girl. With Will Smith. Details Episode 6 Aired Oct 18, 1993 Will Goes a Courtin' Uncle Phil (James Avery) takes Will and Carlton (Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro) to court when they don't pay their rent on time. Details Episode 7 Aired Oct 25, 1993 Hex and the Single Guy Hilary (Karyn Parsons) summons a spirit channeler with the hope of contacting her dead fiance. With Will Smith, James Avery. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 1, 1993 Blood Is Thicker Than Mud Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) learns a lesson in reverse discrimination when he pledges a fraternity. With Will Smith. Details Episode 9 Aired Nov 8, 1993 Fresh Prince After Dark Hugh Hefner (guest starring as himself) asks Hilary (Karyn Parsons) to pose in a Playboy layout featuring TV weathergirls. Details Episode 10 Aired Nov 15, 1993 Home Is Where the Heart Attack Is Will (Will Smith) feels guilty when Uncle Phil (James Avery) has a heart attack after cheating on his diet. Details Episode 11 Aired Nov 22, 1993 Take My Cousin ... Please Will (Will Smith) tries to get his newly divorced English professor (Phil Morris) a date with Hilary (Karyn Parsons). Details Episode 12 Aired Nov 29, 1993 You've Got to Be a Football Hero Will (Will Smith) is haunted by spirits after he is left in a cemetery as a fraternity prank. With James Avery. Details Episode 13 Aired Dec 20, 1993 'Twas the Night Before Christening Five years into the future Uncle Phil (James Avery) tells Nicky about his Christmas christening. Guest stars Boyz II Men. Details Episode 14 Aired Jan 3, 1994 Sleepless in Bel-Air Will's (Will Smith) plans to cram the night before an exam fail when the household is abuzz. With James Avery. Details Episode 15 Aired Jan 10, 1994 Who's the Boss Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) uses new management ideas when he temporarily manages the Peacock Stop. With Will Smith. Details Episode 16 Aired Jan 24, 1994 I Know Why the Caged Bird Screams While dressed as ULA's peacock mascot, Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) is kidnapped by students from a rival college. With Will Smith. Details Episode 17 Aired Jan 31, 1994 When You Hit Upon a Star Will (Will Smith) learns that jet-setting with a pop music superstar (guest star Stacey Dash) can end with a crash landing. Details Episode 18 Aired Feb 14, 1994 Stop Will! In the Name of Love Ashley (Tatyana M. Ali) decides to have Will (Will Smith) as the chaperon on her date with her new boyfriend. Details Episode 19 Aired Feb 21, 1994 You'd Better Shop Around Will's mom (guest star Vernee Watson-Johnson) visits when he (Will Smith) decides to drop out of college and sell cars. Guest star: Robert Guillaume. Details Episode 20 Aired Feb 28, 1994 The Ol' Ball and Chain Jazz's fiancée (guest star Karen Malina-White), a convicted auto thief, tries to start Will's (Will Smith) engine. With Jeffrey A. Townes. Details Episode 21 Aired Mar 14, 1994 The Harder They Fall Will (Will Smith) becomes better acquainted with his girlfriend's father (John Witherspoon) after their plane crashes. Guest star: Cree Summer. Details Episode 22 Aired Apr 25, 1994 M Is for the Many Things She Gave Me Uncle Phil's (James Avery) former girlfriend (guest star Pam Grier) visits; Hilary (Karyn Parsons) auditions to be a talk show host. Details Episode 23 Aired May 2, 1994 Mother's Day Will (Will Smith) is asked by newlyweds Jazz and Jewel (Jeffrey A. Townes, guest star Karen Malina White) to be a donor when they can't conceive. Details Episode 24 Aired May 9, 1994 Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse Will's father (guest star Ben Vereen) shows up in Bel-Air after a 14-year absence. With Will Smith. Details Episode 25 Aired May 16, 1994 For Sale by Owner The Trumps make a lucrative offer for the Banks home, prompting flashbacks. Details Episode 26 Aired May 23, 1994 The Philadelphia Story Will (Will Smith) considers moving back to Philadelphia after visiting his mother (Vernee Watson Johnson). With James Avery. Details Next
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      Previous Tony Scott Variety Fresh still has vitality and some thought in it, chalks up valid laughs because of good character interps and inventive dialogue. Sep 1, 2018 Full Review Kyle Fowle AV Club It's filled with the emotionally generous and comedically broad performances that defined the show, while also developing the show's most compelling, complex, and rewarding relationship: the one between Will and his surrogate father, Uncle Phil. Aug 31, 2018 Full Review Mads Misasi Tell-Tale TV The Fresh Prince of Bel Air validated all their viewers by saying they loved them and appreciated them even if their parents didn't. Sep 4, 2018 Full Review Julia Hays E! Online Perhaps the most emotional episode ever of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, "Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse"... If you ever need to test if someone's a human or a robot, make them watch the ending monologue from this episode. Sep 4, 2018 Full Review Next
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      Previous Audience Member This season did a great job at not only displaying Will Smith's comedic chops, but as well as him being a great serious and emotional actor. Even though many complain about the new Aunt Vivan, I honestly don't mind the switch. The only thing I would have to complain this season was the addition of Nicki. Well I think the character itself is okay, during many parts of the season, Nicki just gets ignored and I often found myself forgetting his character. My favorite episode of the season was the classic, "Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse". Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member The new Aunt Viv isn't as good as the first, and some of the jokes miss more than usual, but most of the time the writings great and the returning cast is still fantastic. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Next Post a review

      Season Info

      Maynard C. Virgil I, Madeline Cripe, Shelley Jensen, Chuck Vinson
      Executive Producer
      Quincy Jones, Gary H. Miller
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Sep 20, 1993
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